Executive Director, Fulbright Students Program

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 08

Position description

IREX seeks qualified Executive Director candidates for the anticipated Fulbright Student Program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program will support the administration of awards for foreign students to study, conduct research, and teach foreign languages in the United States. The Executive Director will have programmatic, administrative, and financial responsibility for all aspects of the program. 

This position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction, technical leadership and overall project management for this complex, multi-stakeholder flagship program ensuring program quality and achievement of intended impact, compliance with donor and IREX policies, and fiscal soundness 
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Fellowship funder, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, ensuring satisfaction with all program activities 
  • Serve as primary liaison to key program stakeholders including ECA, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, U.S. Universities, other Fulbright administrators, program fellows and alumni 
  • Provide leadership and oversight for all programmatic, administrative and operational aspects of the program including fellow recruitment, selection and placement; technical training and events; university partnerships and placements; J-1 visa compliance; finances; human resources; monitoring and evaluation; and, contractual compliance among others 
  • Ensure all program branding and communications follow ECA Fulbright guidelines and collaborate with ECA to support communications about this flagship program 
  • Oversee a large team, including field staff, and supervise senior team managers for all components of the Fellowship; mentor and coach team managers and ensure overall team staffing needs are met across all program components; identify additional internal and external support as needed, including consultants and temporary staff 
  • Develop and monitor the Fellowship budget for all open awards 
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least fifteen (15) years’ experience working on relevant donor-funded programming of similar size and scope, with a minimum of five (5) years’ senior management experience; ECA experience preferred 
  • Experience managing complex, multi-stakeholder programs 
  • Master’s degree in international education or other relevant field 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with donor counterparts and project stakeholders 
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to lead large and diverse teams towards a shared vision and goals 
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain strong partnerships with U.S. university partners 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution abilities, and a demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable for quality outputs and results 
  • Excellent organizational planning, presentation, and professional-technical writing skills 
  • Strong budgeting and financial planning acumen; excellent experience with USG compliance 
  • Fluent English language skills; additional language skills are a plus

Application instructions

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